A tv press conference (Context: http:terraininstruments.org/WMT.jpg) delayed this mono reel-to-reel recording. The protective tarp has yet to be hoisted; however, the image context does show Host Earl Eldridge of Cedar Rapids Iowa facing the foldable card table. This setup eventually was itself dwarfed by drooping weeping willow leaves directly over us and against the back hedge row. Six DSP +/-synced, copy/pasted monos, were assembled into this 2 track. Throughout, I was huddled and shared the recorder space w/a sock-covered RCA-74 Jr.Velocity ribbon microphone and Shure ProMic Mixer: 4 in/1 out to the mono Nagra recorder. #s2-4 inputs included a variety of sensors. A Frap & its preamp was attached with warmed bees wax to a 9 gauge wire between two distant trees and across our front garden, a light weight Barcus-Berry used wax and was pressed against wire recorder wire laced across a window frame= Draft Monitor. A fingernail-sized strain gauge was positioned into the dry bark of a willow for tortional tree trunk vibrations. The willows released heavy droplets on the wire during the slow warm rain. Unexpectedly the lightning wipes out some of the audio. The teeny small scaled in/out window Draft Monitoring sounds provide a scale reference and its audio is preempted by meandering Thor soundings. An electrical ground short competes with the fade out.
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